Society for Italian Studies

Biennial meeting 2024 (Royal Holloway, University of London)

19-21 JUNE 2024

Information for submitting panels and individual papers

 Chimneys of Founders Building at Royal Holloway, with the text Royal Holloway University of London presents the Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference 19-21 June 2024

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The organizers of the SIS biennial conference at Royal Holloway welcome proposals for panels and single papers on any topic within the broad area of Italian Studies. Proposals are due by 15 December 2023.

The conference organizers strongly encourage submissions reflecting a variety of formats. In addition to the traditional 90-minute format (three speakers, 20 minutes each, plus a chair), panels might also, for instance, consist of two main speakers plus a respondent (usually an expert in the field) or a roundtable of up to six participants (plus a chair). There will also be some sessions of 60 minutes each for briefer discussions, in which you are encouraged to experiment with formats such as dialogues, debates, interviews, question/answer sessions, etc. Papers may be delivered in either English or Italian.

All work presented, regardless of the format, must be based on original and as-yet unpublished work. We highly encourage panels and papers that demonstrate interdisciplinary research and that engage with novel methodological approaches, e.g., visual culture, material culture, creative practice, and Digital Humanities. Research on pedagogy and language learning is also welcome.

Strong preference will be given to panels that: a) include participants at different career stages: no panel should consist entirely of speakers at the same career stage, e.g., all doctoral students or all senior academics; and b) reflect diversity: organizers should avoid all single-gender and all-white panels where possible.  Individuals may not present more than one paper during the conference, although they may appear up to twice on the programme (for instance, as paper presenter and chair of a panel, or twice as panel chair). Additionally, the same individual may organize up to three panels (but not chair a panel they have themselves organized).

Paper presenters who have not found an appropriate home panel may submit an individual paper proposal. The organizers will try to combine these into suitable panels, if at all possible. Panel proposals are likely to be given priority in the selection process.

The conference will take place in person on the Royal Holloway Egham campus, on 19–21 June 2024.

In order to contain the number of cancellations and consequent changes to the programme, panel organizers are reminded that the submission of a proposal indicates a commitment in good faith to attend the conference.  All attendees of the conference must be current members of the Society for Italian Studies.

Reduced fees will be available to support attendance by PGRs / ECAs and unwaged academics.

Proposals must be made using the appropriate form below and must be sent as a single attachment (either Microsoft Word or PDF) to , by 15 December 2023.

Here you can find the application form for panel and paper submissions

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